So there I was, on the ol' internets, searching for some Iron Man info, when I came across something I had completely forgotten about: the limited series written by Jon Favreau, the director of the Iron man movies, namely, Iron Man: Viva Las Vegas. Little wonder that I had forgotten about it; according to Marvel's own website, the first issue came out in June 2008 and the second issue came out in August 2008 ... and that's it. Although it's billed as a four issue series, there's no mention on the Marvel site of issue 3 and 4.
So has IM:VLV dropped off the face of the earth? Unlikely, imo. Call me cynical, but I'll bet we will see issues 3 and 4, and either a hardcover or trade collection of the series by May 2010. That's the release date of the Iron Man 2 movie, and having the collection of the one comic story written by the movie's director timed to coincide with the movie itself would give Marvel the most bang for their buck, I would think. I could be wrong (it happens all the time), has anyone heard different?
I would be surprised if this series remains uncompleted. After all, we saw Ultimate Wolverine vs Hulk and Spider-Man/Black Cat: The Evil That Men Do get completed, even if it took a few years. Then again, I think it's safe to say we won't see another issue of Sonic Disruptors (an 80's DC limited series billed to run for 12 issues but got canceled at issue #7) or Daredevil: The Target (issue #1 cover-dated January 2003, a second issue never materialized). I don't know if Ambush Bug: Year None will be like the former or the latter, or if this is some sort of bizarre joke on the part of Keith Giffen and company (as in, "we billed it as a six issue series, except - bwah ha ha - there's no issue six").
Can you name other series that as of now remain unfinished, or at least took an extraordinary amount of time to come out? I don't mean from small companies that went out of business - I'm sure there are lots of those - but from the major companies (and why the delay if you know). Here's my guesses:
Sonic Disruptors: Really low sales on the first few issues
Daredevil: The Target: Kevin Smith's attention diverted elsewhere
Spider-Man/Black Cat: TETMD: ditto
Ultimate Wolverine vs Hulk ditto, except it was Damon Lindelof not Kevin Smith
Ambush Bug: Year None: Giffen is playing a joke on the universe